Here is a piece that I recently finished for my dear friend Dora and her family. She asked me if I could paint a sandstone of her little Chihuahua named Chiquita. Now I’m really picky when it comes to custom work, I really have to like the subject and if they have a photo of something they would like painted, it has to be a really great shot.
You wouldn’t believe the photos people want me to paint. A nice little old lady contacted me once and asked me to paint her cat, wonderful I thought I like cats have two myself. When I saw the photo I thought O’boy this is not good. The photo was taken from about 10 feet away of a cat curled up in a ball sleeping. I thought does she want me to paint the couch, lamp, wall hangings and the rest of the rooms decor as well… I hate to disappoint and art is about translation and creativity, so I got creative and painted her cat, she was very happy and commented that it looked just like her cat.
Well Dora didn’t disappoint me and provided a great shot of her Chiquita. She must have gotten way down to Chihuahua level and snapped off a great photo for me to go by.
Dora and her family were thrilled with the results, and I was thrilled to create a work of art that they will enjoy forever!
Size 7 X 7 inches
Ink on Sandstone
I have recently decided to delve into the world of ACEO’s. What are they you ask, well they are somewhat like baseball trading cards but for the arts. Artist decided that they wanted to collect and trade something similar to baseball cards so they came up with “Art Cards Editions & Originals” And so ACEO was born. They are little tiny and wonderful works of art. They can be any medium or media an artist can dream up. Oil, acrylic, pen and ink, watercolor, paper, canvas, board and in my case sandstone. The only requirement is that the size remain 2.5 X 3.5, the size of a trading card. They can be displayed in plastic sleeves and placed in a binder to browse through. Or if it’s a bit thicker like a tiny canvas or my sandstones they can displayed on a tiny easel and grouped together for a little art show.
These have been a great seller for me, since my larger Sandstone Creations average around $100.00 they can be out of reach for some people. My ACEOs start at $20.00, this is great for the experienced collector or someone just starting off and looking to invest in some miniature art.
And just because its small doesn’t mean that it is short on quality, some of my ACEO’s take just as long to create as my larger works of art. First off I’m not just breaking the sandstone and getting an assortment of sizes and shapes. My ACEO’s have to be carefully measured and cut with a tile saw to get that perfect 2.5 X 3.5. I usually spend an entire day cutting them, then sanding and cleaning up the cuts, cleaning up the tremendous mess the tile saw creates, then I spend the reset of the week painting my ACEO’s. No matter what stage of my ACEO’s I’m doing I enjoy them all because I’m doing them for me.
I’m currently showing my Sandstone Creations along with a few paintings at Dreams and Legends of the Superstitions Gallery located in Apache Junction. Local artists of all types sell and display their art at this wonderful art gallery that is dedicated to freedom of artistic expressions. This gallery is located on Highway 88 directly across from the beautiful Superstition Mountains and on the way to Canyon Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Gold Field and Tortilla Flats.
Many times when I set up my canopy and artwork outside the galley I sit and sketch the mountains at different times throughout the day to document the colors and shadows as the sun moves across the massive stone mountain.
I’m enjoying my experience at this gallery, it’s a joy to show my work with so many talented artist. With the weather heating up I’m curious how long the business will continue to pour in at the gallery. Next month the temperature will be well over 100 degrees and the heat may be too intense to venture into the great outdoors.